Excited to see Pixels - the action comedy film starring Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Peter Dinklage, and Michelle Monaghan? The film hits big screens on July 24, but if you need to scratch that video game itch (without playing video games) then give a few of the books below a read.
Ready Player One by Ernest Cline: In the near future, Wade Watts escapes reality by heading into the OASIS, a virtual reality game created by James Halliday. When Halliday dies, he leaves his corporation to whoever can solve the riddles he’s left in his game. Wade spends most of his time soaking up everything from Halliday’s youth - lots of 80s movies, music , and video games - to help him find the eggs Halliday has left. It’s a fun read that takes you back in time while you live in Wade’s future. It will leave you wanting more and it just might inspire you to listen to some music from the 80s while you play Pac-Man. Ernest Cline is back with another video game and sci-fi loving novel later this month - place your holds on Armada now!
You by Austin Grossman: You is about the creators of video games in the 80s/90s. It tells the story of Black Arts, a video game company, and its founders. Russell, a friend of the founders, has found himself without a “real” job and turns to his friends for a chance to work at Black Arts. Russell is tasked with fixing a mysterious bug in one of the most successful games Black Arts has created, but Russell also hopes to solve the mystery surround the death of his friend Simon. The book uses multiple narrative techniques and examines long-held friendships. A great one for video game fans!
More books featuring gaming:
- Reamde by Neal Stephenson
- In Real Life by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
- Elusion by Claudia Gabel
- The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Check out the books below for fascinating and informative looks at the history and psychology of video games:
- Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo, and the Battle that Defined a Generation by Blake J Harris
- Minecraft: The Unlikely Tale of Markus “Notch” Persson and the Game that Changed Everything by Daniel Goldberg
- Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World by Jane McGonigal